Two different families robbed of loved ones by malignant mesothelioma have chosen documentaries as the best way to educate the public about the rare and deadly disease, and both of their films are about to be released: one in the United States and one in London. In London, an international audience viewed the premiere of the film Breathless, while in the United States a film called Dirt Laundry has already made its way through numerous film festivals, and is now being released to audiences around the country.
Breathless is a film by Daniel Lambo, whose father died of malignant mesothelioma. The filmmaker was determined to learn more about the cause of his father’s death, and eventually arrived at what is being called “the world’s largest asbestos waste dump” in India. He learns of the avarice and reckless disregard displayed by the asbestos industry in India, and also of the actions of a determined community of health advocates who have pledged to put a stop to the sickness and death. The film’s premiere took place in London at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and was celebrated with a crowdfunding campaign designed to support those who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases.
In the United States, the film Dirty Laundry is the creation of cousins Conor Lewis and Bryan Leon, whose grandmother died of malignant mesothelioma following years of laundering her husband’s asbestos-contaminated clothing. The stricken family members set out on a cross-country tour to learn more about asbestos and the illnesses that it causes, as well as the response of the asbestos industry to its victims. The film is set to become widely available next year via rental, purchase and streaming.
Though some of the public is unaware of mesothelioma and needs to be educated about the dangers of asbestos, others know all too well. If you or somebody you love has been an asbestos victim and you would like to know more about your rights, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.